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Shooka Karimpour

Assistant Professor, Undergraduate Program Director, P.Eng


Civil Engineering


Dr. Shooka Karimpour is an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at York University since 2019 where she leads the Environmental HydroDynamics (EHD) lab. Shooka received her doctorate degree in Civil Engineering in 2015 from McGill University, Montreal, and completed two post-doctoral fellowships at McGill and UQAM.

Turbulent mixing and entrainment play a significant role in freshwater and marine ecosystems, for instance, on sediment and nutrient transport and availability. Shooka’s research is to investigate how these processes are induced and how they affect mass and contaminant transport. Currently, her team is working on entrainment of multi-phase flow, focusing on aerated flow and microplastic contaminants.

Shooka’s research has been so far published in Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Environmental Science and Technology, and Frontiers in Marine Science. She is also recipient of several international and national awards including Kefeer medal by Canadian Society of Civil Engineering.

Research Interests

  • Environmental Hydrodynamics
  • Multi-phase flow
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
  • Turbulent modelling
  • Turbulent instability
  • Microplastic mobility and hydrodynamics

Selected Publications

  • Shamkhany, A., Patel, P., Li, Z., and Karimpour, S. (2021). The impact of Microplastic size on deep-sea intrusion and distant transport: A review and synthesis of recent research. Frontiers in Marine Science, in-press (Impact factor, 2020: 4.435)
  • Li, Z., Venkateshwaran, A., and Karimpour, S. (2021). Study of turbulent mixing in surge waves of high Froude numbers. Fluids, in-press.
  • Karimpour, S., Wang, T., and Chu, V. H. (2021). The Exchanges between the Mainstream in an Open-channel and a Recirculating Flow on its Side at Large Froude Numbers. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 920. (Impact factor, 2019: 3.35)
  • Karimpour, S., Boulay, A.N., Bulle C. (2020). Evaluation of sector-specific AWARE characterization factors for water scarcity footprint of electricity generation. Science of The Total Environment, 753, 142063. (Impact factor, 2019: 6.55)
  • Karimpour, S. and Chu, V. H. (2019). The role of waves on mixing in shallow waters. Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, 46(2), 134-147.
  • Nunez, M., Rosenbaum R., Karimpour, S., et al. (2018). Introducing Multimedia Hydrological Fate Modeling to Assess Water Consumption in LCA. Environmental Science & Technology, 52(8): 4658 - 67. (Impact factor, 2019: 7.86)
  • Karimpour, S. and Chu, V. H. (2016). Instability of Unbounded Mixing Layer in Shallow Waters. Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, 43(6): 504 - 510.
  • Karimpour, S. and Chu, V. H. (2015). High-order Interpolation Schemes for Shear Instability Simulations. International Journal for Numerical Methods for Heat and Fluid Flow, 25(6), 1340 - 1360.
  • Karimpour, S. and Chu, V. H. (2014). Transverse Dam-Break waves. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Rapids, 758, R2.
  • Darnault C. J. G. and Karimpour, S. (2009). Fate of Environmental Pollutants. Water Environmental Research, 81(10), 2019 - 2029.
  • Zarrati, A. R., Jin, Y. C., and Karimpour, S. (2008). A Semi-analytical Model for Shear Stress Distribution in Simple and Compound Open Channels. ASCE, Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 134(2), 205 - 215.

Teaching activities

  • Fluid Mechanics - CIVL2210
  • Hydraulic Structures - CIVL4021
  • Computational Hydrodynamics - CIVL6610